Whew. Yes. I'm sitting here with blank paper in front of me, three types of math programs stacked up next to me and a whirl of ideas in me. I have the delightful pleasure (no sarcasm!!) of designing our programs next year from scratch. I'm starting with math. Here's the rub: It has to be able to reach first through fifth grade. We have 20 enrolled at the moment, and will eventually have 40. There are two teachers-myself and a guy who admits he does not care to teach math. But I think really he doesn't like to teach worksheets, which makes complete sense. Anyhow, it has to stretch the gamete of skill levels. It has to be hands-on and inquiry-based, with as few worksheets as possible. Hopefully no text or workbook. We can use or create our own activity sheets (needed for practice) and put them in sheet protectors for the kids to use vis-a-vis on. I also want a game/art/activity center that kids can use when they finish early, maybe color coded for skill level. It has to follow Reggio. Seeing as Reggio is a pre-school program, I can't find any rules/guidelines for academics. So I'm thinking we create a skeletal program outline, and then modify and integrate for the current class interest. (Reggio uses student interest to guide teaching). I've gone through the CA state standards for each grade level and written them down. I'm seeing a lot of room for 'stacking' the standards, such as first graders need to count to 100, second graders to 1,000, etc. And I'm seeing tons of room to incorporate art (a constant in Reggio), especially with the geometrical standards. Has anyone done this? Any advice or tips? I'm not sure if I should just start making folders of project ideas for each 'strand' with the grade level attached that we can pull from, or if I should create something a bit more structured. I'm off to ask our Reggio adviser, but thought I would post here, too!